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Ali Mohammadian noticed his pupil was being bullied, and shaved his head to show his support

The death sentence that drags Dua back into a bloody feud

The Iraqi government's decision to reassert its authority by executing the men who stoned to death Dua Khalil Aswad threatens more sectarian bloodshed.

Disqualification of Iraqi MPs jeopardises political stability

An Iraqi court has disqualified two members of the country's newly elected parliament in a move which puts in doubt the outcome of last month's election and is likely to increase political instability in the country.

The Week In Radio: From So Solid Crew to a star behind the mic

We're in for weeks of it now. Weeks of MPs trading promises, lies and fake indignation. Wall-to-wall agonising about immigration and tax and the economy stupid. Of exhausted middle-aged men wearing make-up and arguing about the deficit. And it's all fabulous, uncut, 100 per cent proof for political junkies like me. And yet... the week leading up to Easter is traditionally a time for seeing things from a different perspective. For making time to consider the human end of politics. And for that, you need radio.

Maliki beaten into second place in Iraq poll

Negotiations begin among potential coalition partners against a backdrop of rising sectarian tensions

New wave of fear sweeps Baghdad as Iraqis vote

Bombs detonated in city apartment blocks kill at least 25 / Sunnis appear to have turned out to vote in large numbers

Genel Enerji boss hit by FSA's biggest fine ever

The City watchdog today announced the biggest fine in its history against an individual for insider trading.

Ali Hassan al-Majid: Iraqi official known as 'Chemical Ali' executed for genocide and crimes against humanity

Ali Hassan al-Majid was one of the great monsters of the 20th century and carried out one of its vilest crimes. It was he who gave the orders for hundreds of thousands of Kurds to be gassed and the survivors massacred in 1987 and 1988. "The armed forces must kill any human being or animal present," he decreed.

Gareth Stansfield: With US support, a brighter future beckons for the Kurds

Politics and diplomacy take unexpected turns in Iraq's Kurdistan Region Government (KRG). The President of the Kurdistan Region, Massoud Barzani, and his counterpart Jalal Talabani, the Kurdish President of Iraq, had a troublesome 2009. They failed to implement Article 140 of the Iraqi constitution that specifies a process for the resolution of the status of the "disputed territories of Iraq", a huge swath of land that, most importantly, includes Kirkuk and its oil-field.

Patrick Cockburn: An act born from the burning hatred of foreign occupation

Mr Zaidi's words demonstrate how occupation provokes instability and violence

Kurdish faultline threatens to spark new war

The only thing keeping Arabs and Kurds from fighting is the glue of US occupation

Protocols of the Elders of Sodom and other essays, By Tariq Ali

Tariq Ali momentarily puts his politics aside, to write of books, films and sticky wickets

Reformist gains in Kurdish vote shake Iraq's quiet north

Calls for end to monopoly control of power generate strong results for Goran party

Kurdish voters rebel against corrupt elite

As the Iraqi region goes to the polls, many are blaming the growth in inequality on an entrenched political establishment. Patrick Cockburn reports

Iraqi Kurds go to polls, feud with Baghdad looms

Iraqi Kurds vote today in elections expected to keep President Masoud Barzani in power in Kurdistan but unlikely to erase voter concerns about corruption or end a bitter feud with Baghdad over land and oil.

New party tries to give Kurds their 'Orange revolution'

After 18 years in power, ruling parties face wave of protest over corruption
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